Is your God chained to the bible?

"God Chained" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

“God Chained” (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

I often cartoon sarcastically. For example, That-Which-We-Call-God doesn’t look like that. Also, it’s not the bible itself but our various interpretations of it. Also, this illustrates the impossible rather than the reality.

It saddens me to see how often people are marginalized, excluded, judged and condemned because they don’t qualify under a certain biblical hermeneutic.

It’s like their god is chained to an ancient book.

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11 Responses

  1. Cecilia Davidson says:

    or their god IS the book

  2. Doug says:

    Exactly, Cecilia. I have a pastor friend — a Congregationalist who is a universalist theologically — who began his ministry as an evangelical. The turning point for him was on a Good Friday years ago when he preached the sermon at an ecumenical service in the small town in which he lived. I don’t know what he said, but after the service, another local minister came up to him and asked, “Why is it that you evangelicals worship the Bible instead of God?” He was very much taken aback by the remark, but he said that afterward it got him to thinking, As the saying goes, one thing led to another. Eventually her wound up jettisoning all the theological baggage of his past, and is much the happier for it.

    Leaving an inerrantist view of the Bible is deeply, deeply unsettling. I know. I’ve been there. It has taken me forty years to do it, and I’m still on a pilgrimage.

  3. Jeff P says:

    Yes, the bible is one tradition of man’s imagination of what God is like.
    There are also other traditions and other books.
    It is also possible to just not make claims at all about such things.

  4. Steve says:

    And there are many different Bibles, Protestant has 66 books, roman Catholics have 73 books, Greek Orthodox has 75, etc… Yet they all seem to have the correct one. Hmmmmm

  5. kris799 says:

    And this one book supposedly has an answer for everything.

  6. Sophia Reed says:

    This is interesting. Because one thing Jesus was against when He came was the Pharisees quoting the Bible, and putting “words” over the works of Jesus. The fact of the matter is that with Jesus they were looking at God but they missed it because they were too busy quoting the Old Testament. This is a prime example of putting the Bible over a relationships with God, which many still do to this day.

  7. John says:

    Bible illiteracy is rampant and many only parrot what their preachers and teachers say. The book is in fact a rich library with a single thread of God’s love for his creation. Your careless and flippant statement applies only to those who would abuse its sacred message, while misleading others that it did not merit devotion. Pithy sayings are so dangerous. As James warns, teachers are held to a higher judgement. Be careful.

  8. David says:

    Who are you warning to be careful John?

  9. Cecilia Davidson says:

    John, the whole thing I see in this cartoon is that there is a strong risk of confusing the bible with deities. David suggests that “God” is more than what the book says, but so many limit this deity to what the book says, even if they still say that their god is indescribable.